Police ask for tips in pair of break-ins

By Dean Wright - deanwright@civitasmedia.com

GALLIPOLIS — The Gallipolis City Police Department and the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office are asking the public to contact them in light of a pair of separate store break-ins that occurred Sunday morning.

According to GPD Chief Jeff Boyer, police were dispatched to the AT&T Store on Eastern Avenue around 7 a.m. after a security alarm went off. Officers inspected the scene and noted no damage to the front of the business’ entrance. However, one of the back entrances to the store had been compromised. GPD officers called for a sheriff’s office deputy to assist in securing the store location. A detective and deputy responded to the scene.

Store representatives noted the apparent theft of several thousands of dollars worth of electronic equipment from the location.

According to Gallia County Sheriff Joe Browning, deputies responded to a seperate alarm activation at the Marathon gas station on State Route 7 north of Gallipolis around 4:30 a.m. The deputy who arrived on scene advised the door to the location’s safe had been opened.

Investigators are reviewing surveillance footage of the incidents and ask the public to contact authorities should people have knowledge of the events in question. Investigators are uncertain if the two events are related at this time.

Individuals can contact the Gallia County Sheriff’s Office with crime tips at (740) 446-6555 and the Gallipolis Police Department at (740) 441-6020.

Dean Wright an be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.

By Dean Wright